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18 December, 2010

Total lunar eclipse 2010 and Winter Solstice on Monday 20 December, 2010

The first ever total lunar eclipse in two years will happen during the shortest day of the year. (In the Northern Hemisphere) Isn’t that exciting?

A total lunar eclipse will be visible throughout North and Central America in United States from 8:40 p.m. EST Monday, December 20, 2010, until 9:53 a.m. Tuesday, December 21st. The said celestial event is first in almost three years.

Total lunar eclipse means the shadow of the earth (or also called Umbra) will fully cover the surface of the moon, making it partially, to almost invisible. During the “peak” of the eclipse, the earth’s umbra shadow will give the moon a red-brown like effect (moon looks like a cheese). Another interesting thing about the upcoming natural event is the day it falls. Monday’s total lunar eclipse will take place on the same date as the winter solstice (the summer solstice if you live to the south).

A total lunar eclipse will happen on Monday, December 20th in some parts of Northern and Central America. Total lunar eclipse means the earth's shadow will totally cover the moon's surface, making it almost invisible, and will give a red-like effect.

Winter solstice is Northern Hemisphere’s shortest day of the year, and the first day of the winter season. The sun will be visible in the lowest part of our sky because the North Pole of the earth will be pointing away from it.

Thanks Nina!